Seven Naxalites have been killed in central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, said an Indian police official on Saturday, APA rpeorts quoting Anadolu Agency.
The incident took place at Tiriya in Bastar district of the state, where District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force personnel jointly gunned down Naxalites after exchange of fire.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Anti-Naxalite Operations Department, P Sundar Raj, confirmed the incident.
He told Anadolu Agency: “The incident took place around 4 pm in the evening. 7 Naxalites were killed in an encounter near Tiriya in Bastar district. “
In May this year, at least 16 Indian security personnel were killed in a bomb attack in the western state of Maharashtra.
Naxalites are an insurgent group which draws inspiration from far-left radical communists, supportive of Maoist political ideology.
The Maoist rebels have been fighting for more than three decades in eastern and central India for what they describe as the rights of tribal people in the region.